June 2013 - Issue 189
You & your Plot
Jobs this month:
ON THE VEG PATCH: Plant cabbages and cauliflowers, control weeds, sow kale and harvest early potatoes.
CONTAINER CROPS: Plant hanging baskets, thin container veg and plant up a herb container.
IN THE GREENHOUSE: Harvest early crops, train climbing beans, harvest early courgettes and dwarf beans and ventilate on hot days.
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HOT TOPICS: The latest news and comment from the world of kitchen gardening. This month hot news on calls to ban a garden chemical, learn how beetroot lowers blood pressure and how giant snails have invaded Florida!
ON MY PATCH: Compare notes with other KG readers. Plus send us your pictures and win prizes.
HAVE YOUR SAY: Learn what other KG readers have been up to and pick up some great first hand advice.
LAST WORD: This month KG reader Nicola Humphry from Nottingham shares her views.
BACK TO BASICS: Andrew Tokely explains how to grow your best ever calabrese and broccoli.
MEET MONTY DON: We share a cuppa with Britain’s favourite TV gardener.
OLD STYLE GARDENING WITH A MODERN TWIST: Visit The Grove in Pembrokeshire in the company of gardener, Sharon Louise Allen.
QUESTION TIME: Regular Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, Bob Flowerdew answers your fruit and veg growing conundrums.
JOE’S TOP 20: Joe Maiden reveals his favourite veg from three years of KG trials.
GET THE BEST FROM YOUR FREE SEEDS: This month colourful courgette ‘Sunbeam F1’ and cucumber ‘Burpless Tasty Green’.
KG GUIDE TO GROWING STRAWBERRIES: Emma Rawlings’ 4-page guide to growing this delicious summer fruit whether in the ground or in pots and containers.
AN URBAN OASIS: Travel to Berkshire to meet a KG reader who has created a productive plot in just three years.
SAVE POUNDS ON YOUR PLOT: Emma Rawlings with lots of inspired ideas to make your money go further.
VEGETABLE TROUBLESHOOTER: Lucy Halliday has all the advice you need to keep your broccoli healthy.
PIPPA’S PROBLEM SOLVER: Gardening expert Pippa Greenwood on keeping greenfly at bay.
GET DOWN TO YOUR ROOTS: Toby Buckland loves his root crops. Learn why and how to get the best from yours.
POT VEG FROM YOUR PATIO: Our essential guide to growing tasty crops in the smallest of spaces.
HOW TO MAKE A FRUIT CAGE: Protect your fruit without spending a fortune. Joyce Russell shows you how.
OUR PLOT: Seven time Chelsea gold medal winner Cleve West with advice on taking on a new plot.
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR VEG: Sue Stickland suggests new ways of using garlic and broad beans.
LENGTHEN YOUR LEEKS: Veg growing veteran Joe Maiden explains the art of leek blanching.
VEG AT A GLANCE… RUNNER BEANS: Emma Rawlings’ no-nonsense guide to growing our favourite veg plot climber.
SEASONAL RECIPES: Four pages of ideas for serving seasonal strawberries, gooseberries and broad beans.
DIARY DATES: Plus seed suppliers’ and giveways entry coupon.
What to Buy
WIN A MANTIS TILLER: Over £559 worth of great Mantis kit up for grabs.
WIN A COPY OF CLEVE WEST’S NEW BOOK
GROWING GUIDES: Helen Gazeley and the KG team review the very best gardening websites, books and blogs.
GARDEN STORE: News of the best new products and services reach the KG offices this month.
PRODUCT REVIEWS… WATERING KIT TESTED: Joyce Russell reviews 12 popular watering gadgets.
GIVEAWAYS WORTH OVER £1662: This month we have compost, soil improver, gardening socks, passata makers, beneficial fungi and much more to give to lucky readers.
READER SAVERS: Free mini kiwi plant, plus save up to £62 on lemon and lime trees, Joe Maiden’s top veg varieties, watering equipment and more.